Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Review: Desires of the Dead - Kimberly Derting

Author: Kimberly Derting
Series: The Body Finder (#1)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Pages: 355 pages
Read in: 2 days

Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.

As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.

A Teenager's Perspective:

As previously demonstrated in "The Body Finder," Kimberly Derting does an outstanding job constructing her characters, and the story's plot. However, when reading the sequel, "Desires of the Dead," we found ourselves ... let down. We know that second novels never measures up to the first or the last novel,but since "The Body Finder" went above and beyond our expectations; we were hoping "Desires of the Dead," might as well. Clearly, we were proven wrong once again.
We do give Kimberly Derting props, though. She gets 1,000+ points on our worth-while-radar, for originality. It wasn't hard to tell after "The Body Finder," that this unique series would catch the eyes of many YA readers around the globe. A girl who has a knack for finding dead things? A serial killer -- oops! our mistake ... KILLERS?! Perhaps that's why we found ourselves disappointed with "Desires of the Dead," maybe the standards were set too high, and as a result, the "AVERAGE" standard wasn't good enough.

The novel begins with a shocking discovery, by the readers. Jay's not dead! Hooray! We both let out a sigh of relief, and FINALLY, we could breath again. Our lives were complete then, I think if the book ended like that, we would've been satisfied. Unfortunately, it didn't.

After a few chapters, we realized how much Violet changed. She was braver, more independent, and FINALLY beginning to accept her extraordinary ... "talents." We were glad to see her character grow stronger as a whole, as well as, her blooming personality. (Yay, strong-willed women!) Although this newly formed independence is appreciated, she seemed to irritate Demitra the most. Demitra thought that Violet put herself in danger soo many times! Although, we love Violet, we both agree on that one. We noticed how her independence developed into ... isolation. Or something short of it.

Anastasia almost chucked her copy of the novel, across Starbucks, because of the way Violet was treating Jay. Don't even get us started! Jay is too perfect in this one. He manages to put up with all of Violet's secrets, even when he sees her with another guy. Are you freaking kidding me?! Despite all the times she gets jealous, he doesn't even question her about it; or at least not much. She offers no explanation and while she knows Jay is "upset" he still puts his arm around her and tells her that it's going to be okay. Really? Hmmm.... Another thing we noticed, was how Jay's character seemed to fade more into the background. His specific character traits weren't openly displayed. Only his relationship with Violet is really displayed. As much as we're all for Team Jaylet, we really wanted to see Jay's character grow as well.

Some new characters are introduced! A brother, and a sister. Mhmm ... Do you smell that? It's drama! We get a perspective from one of them, but we won't spoil it for you; so, we'll keep are mouths sealed tight. We also get an some inside information on these siblings, but never really enough of description to draw our own conclusions about them. They weren’t a huge part of the story;yet, without them nothing would have happened.

At times the plot slowed down,but then it picked back up again. We were disappointed in the ending, because we wanted to see some kick-ass action (Excuse our french?), sadly that didn't happen.However,we must admit that "Desires of The Dead" was a book full of heart-wrenching anticipation. In the end, originality won us over. Also, any author capable of making Anastasia shudder, has our complete, and utter respect. So, will we read the sequel, "The Last Echo"? To read or not to read, that is the question? (;

(We've been working on English Lit. overtime.)


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